Mercedes-Benz’s core segment is turning to a new page while also redefining luxury business vehicle standards with the two new hybrids. The first is the new E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, which comes in Saloon and Estate versions. This new vehicle has remarkably set new efficiency records, with impressive consumption levels (4.2 l/100 km ) while maintaining superior performance.
Its 4-cylinder diesel engine produces 150 kW (204hp) and 500 Nm, while the electric motor yields an additional 20 kW and 250 Nm. This vehicle now sets the pace for efficiency for all luxury vehicles worldwide.
The second model, the new E 400 HYBRID, is powered by a V6 petrol engine that churns out 225 kW (306hp) and 370 Nm, as well as an auxiliary electric motor that adds 20 kW and 250 Nm. Fuel consumption ratings are 24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined, all measured using the American CAFE standard.
Professor Dr Thomas Weber, Daimler Board Member for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development states that the two E-Class models are the realisation of the company’s ongoing enthusiastic and comprehensive hybrid development.
Modular technology enables a congruency between the new hybrid lines and the company’s other automobile lines. Weber adds that they are keenly aware of the requirement variations among different global markets, which give them the ability to offer their customers the exact models they want. By combining a remarkably low consumption with extraordinary drivability, the E-Class hybrids truly exemplify premium level hybrid motoring.
With these new hybrids, customers do not have to compromise anything related to space, whether interiorly or regarding the boot compartment. The intelligent modular hybrid concept also makes it possible to build upon the vehicle body of the Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID, a car which has progressed since 2009 to become a runaway market leader.
The modular concept is flexible, and as such, the vehicle body can remain the same and be adapted for other model series with allowances for engine variation between diesel and petrol, as well as for being right- or left-hand drive. Remarkably, these variances can be achieved with only moderate additional cost.
These new hybrids will be formally introduced at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show from January 14 to 22, and will subsequently enter the market within the year. The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is set to first enter the European market, whereas the E 400 HYBRID will first arrive in the American market, to be followed by Japan, China and other countries.